What is NLP?
NLP is like being given the manual and the highway code of your brain. It has been called the software for the mind, and it's easy to see why. NLP is an attitude and a methodology, a set of techniques, which leads to excellence. It is the study of excellence, providing and enabling you to weave magic in all areas of your life. It is an extraordinary and cutting-edge approach to human communication and the development of excellence. This remarkable set of tools is based on the amazing discovery that in changing how you think can change what you think - and in changing how and what you think, you can dramatically transform the results you create in your life.
NLP can assist you to develop and maintain a high level of motivation for achieving your goals, and can help convert barriers and obstacles into doorways to success. NLP can be used to learn the characteristics of top achievers and to create a blueprint for unlimited success. Through the simple yet profound techniques that make NLP so powerful, you can eliminate unwanted habits, transform negative emotions into positive feelings, improve the way you see yourself, enhance your self-esteem and become the person you want to be.
Everything you experience is created twice - first in your mind and then in reality. The experiences you create are representative of your internal state, the way you think and the feelings that your thoughts generate. When you have the tools to change your internal state, you will find that your external reality will change to match the new internal state. It's pretty simple, and quite astounding.
NLP was founded in the '70s by a mathematician Richard Bandler, and a linguistic John Grinder in Santa Cruz, California - they were curious. They had wanton curiosity about how some people were able to have fantastic results. They asked "what is it that makes the difference between somebody who is merely competent at any given skill, and somebody who excels at the same skill?" They modelled three experts; Fritz Perls, Virginia Satir and Milton Erickson, each pioneers and experts in their fields. They studied their physiology, their thought process and the structure of the language they used.